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Thompson IHS Health Center

4th Quarter 2017

1323 BIA Route 4

Fort Thompson, SD

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday:
8:00am to 4:30pm

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Organize an event to talk with women

Month is a chance to raise awareness ages 50 to 74 in your community
about the importance of early detec- about getting mammograms every 2
tion of breast cancer. Make a differ- years
ence! Spread the word about mam-
mograms and encourage communi-
ties, organizations, families, and indi- Adapted from the National Breast
viduals to get involved. Cancer Awareness Month Collabo-
rating Organizations.
Breast cancer is the second most
common kind of cancer in women.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the For more information and ma-
United States will get breast cancer at terials, contact the National
some point. Breast Cancer Awareness
The good news is that most women Month Collaborating Organiza-
can survive breast cancer if it’s found tions at
and treated early. A mammogram –
the screening test for breast cancer –
can help find breast cancer early
when it’s easier to treat. Mammogram Schedule for the Ft.
How can National Breast Cancer Thompson I.H.S. Health Center
Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread
the word about steps women can take
to detect breast cancer early.
Here are just a few ideas:
Ask doctors and nurses to speak to
women about the importance of
getting screened for breast cancer.
Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to
talk with their doctors about when to
start getting mammograms.

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November is National Diabetes Month.

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a Natives, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans
healthy lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes.
life. What you do every day makes the difference:
eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking You can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabe-
medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care ap- tes by losing a small amount of weight if you’re over-
pointments to stay on track weight and getting regular physical activity. A small
amount of weight loss means around 5% to 7% of
More than 30 million people in the United States your body weight, just 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-
have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 of them don’t know they pound person. Regular physical activity means getting
have it. at least 150 minutes a week of brisk walking or a simi-
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type lar activity. That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a
2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant, week
which can put the pregnancy and baby at risk and
lead to type 2 diabetes later). Every day: stay active, eat a healthy diet, and take
medication if prescribed; check feet for redness,
With type 1 diabetes, your body can’t make insulin (a swelling, pain, or sores.
hormone that acts like a key to let blood sugar into
cells for use as energy), so you need to take it every
day. Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 Each health care visit (several times a year): get a
diabetes; about 5% of the people who have diabetes blood pressure check and foot check.
have type 1. Currently, no one knows how to prevent Twice a year: get an A1C test and dental checkup.
type 1 diabetes.

Most people with diabetes—9 out of 10—have type 2 Once a year: get a cholesterol test and kidney
diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t function test, visit your podiatrist (foot doctor) and eye
use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at doctor, and get a flu shot (and other vaccines as rec-
normal levels. If you have any of the risk factors be- ommended by your doctor).
low, ask your doctor if you should be tested for dia-
Living with diabetes has its ups and downs, but
betes. The sooner you find out, the sooner you can
healthy lifestyle choices can give you more control
start making healthy changes that will benefit you
over them. And more control means fewer health
now and in the future
problems down the road and a better quality of life
Type 2 diabetes risk factors include: now.

 Having prediabetes (blood sugar levels that are If you have any questions or concerns, please con-
tact your medical provider at the Ft. Thompson I.H.S.
higher than normal but not high enough to be
Health Center at 245-1516.
diagnosed as diabetes).
 Being overweight.
 Being 45 years or older.
 Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2
 Being physically active less than 3 times a week.
 Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth Content source:
to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation

Race and ethnicity also matter: African Americans,

Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians/Alaska

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World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS. World AIDS Day is December 1.

Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 37,600 people get infected
with HIV every year.

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at
least once.

Some people may need to get tested more often. HIV is passed from one person to another by:

 Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV

 Sharing needles with someone who has HIV

 Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV

 Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United
Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States,
about 37,600 people get infected with HIV every year. World AIDS Day is a global ini-
tiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS

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 Coordinate Care after hospitalization with your Primary Pro-

 Assist you getting quality health care at Indian Health Service
and specialty facilities
 Answer questions about Discharge Instructions after hospitali-
 Assist with home medical equipment needs
 Collaborates with nurses, social workers, physicians, caregivers
and the patient to ensure care is managed at highest level.
 Communicates and facilitates care along a continuum with ef-
fective resource management.
 Assist with coordination of future appointments (scheduling,
referrals, Doctors orders prior to appointment).
 Education on health care needs.
 Any???? you may have regarding your Health Care Needs

Call Sherry Lulf ,RN at 245-1502 and she will gladly

assist you.

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Community Support Resources


Alcoholic Anonymous Meeting

Catholic Church – 7PM-8PM


I.H.S. Behavioral Health Building – 2:30PM-


Talking Circle
I.H.S. Behavioral Health Building – 10AM-12PM

***Contact the I.H.S. Behavioral Health Department at 245-1546 to

schedule an appointment or to find out more information***

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Fort Thompson I.H.S. Health Center
Dental Department

Please call 605-245-1518 to schedule

an appointment

The Ft. Thompson Dental Clinic will see

emergencies at:

 8 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays

and Fridays. Wednesday emergencies will
be seen at 12:30 p.m.
 Emergencies consist of traumatic injuries,
pain or swelling only, not chipped teeth or
broken or lost fillings.
 Dental cleanings should be scheduled so
that a treatment plan can be established for
all other dental work.

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The Mission of the Fort Thompson Indian Health Center is to raise the health status of
the American Indian to the highest level possible.
The Vision of the Fort Thompson Indian Health Center is to provide quality, accessible,
safe and comprehensive health services sensitive to the needs of the American people.
The Fort Thompson Indian Health Center values a healthy Native American population
attained in cooperation with the community and the people we serve by providing
quality health promotion/disease prevention and comprehensive primary care services

Ft. Thompson Health Center phone numbers

Medical Appointments: 245-1516

Dental Appointments: 245-1518
Optometry Appointments: 245-1556
Behavioral Health Appointments: 245-1546
Pharmacy: 245-1545
Physical Therapy : 245-1618
Wowasake Wellness Center 245-1619

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